Register of Interest - Payroll Officer

Closing Date:  15/01/2025

Canberra, ACT, AU

Band:  Band 04

Register of Interest Details


JOB TITLE - Register of Interest - Payroll Officer


AFP BAND - Band 04, $80,821.00 - $95,010.00


CONTACT OFFICER - Kelly Primrose, 02 5126 5485, | Annette Doszpot 02 5126 4380,

APPLICATIONS CLOSE - 11:59pm (AEST) 15/01/2025


Did you know?

The mission of the Australian Federal Police is to provide dynamic and effective law enforcement to the people of Australia. It provides policing throughout Australia in relation to the prevention and detection of crimes against the Commonwealth, its laws and integrity, and community police services to the Community of the ACT.


Working for the AFP provides you with a diverse and rewarding career. Whether you immerse yourself in a position on the frontline, or provide critical operational or professional support, the work you do makes a big impact on the people of Australia. 


We recognise your contribution to our workforce and offer generous remuneration and conditions including:


  • Six weeks (30 days) of paid annual leave per year + additional paid Christmas stand down 
  • 4 extra mandatory leave rest days per year 
  • 18 days of paid personal leave per year
  • Generous superannuation of 15.4%
  • 16 weeks of paid maternity leave (after 12 months of service) + an additional 36 weeks of maternity leave without pay
  • Generous salaries and incremental salary progression governed by the AFP Enterprise Agreement 
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangement that provides work/life balance
  • Health & wellbeing services – with a focus on early intervention, education and prevention
  • Access to ongoing training and professional development opportunities

Role Summary


Payroll Services sits within the Business Services branch, which is a multifaceted branch within the Chief Financial Officer Command. The AFP Payroll Services deliver fortnightly pays to approximately 8,000 appointees using SAP. We have a complex and fast-paced operating environment, which means that there is never a dull day and always something new to learn.


As a member of the Payroll Services team you will work in the administration of conditions of service and entitlements for AFP appointees including processing of pay, leave and superannuation. This role supports the delivery of payroll services to AFP appointees by processing payroll transactions, providing advice on pay related matters and monitoring areas of risk. AFP Payroll is a task based team structure. You will learn and become proficient in a specific area of Payroll, and then rotate teams to expand your wider overall knowledge of Payroll. For more information please review our Candidate Pack.


Working in Payroll Services is an important contribution to the frontline endeavours of the AFP that leaves a positive impact on our members. You will learn more about the exciting work that the AFP does in Australia and overseas to deliver on our mission to protect Australians and Australia's interests.


Payroll Service Officers are responsible for:


  • Day to day payroll processing in accordance with strict deadlines.
  • Calculating entitlements for staff, including commencements and cessations.
  • Interpreting and providing advice to staff on salaries and related entitlements, leave and general conditions of service in line with the Enterprise Agreement and related legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Undertaking general administrative duties associated with the provision of payroll and financial services to the agency.
  • Working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participating as a constructive team member to deliver ongoing improvements, quality of service and professional practices and standard.
  • Obtaining subject matter expertise through ongoing development and learning opportunities.
  • Contributing to and implement improved operational practices, procedures and guidelines.
  • Mentoring staff.

Essential Requirements


  • You must be an Australian Citizen.
  • A Negative Vetting 1 (Secret) security clearance or the ability to obtain one.
  • Contemporary knowledge and experience in Payroll, Human Resources or a Finance related role.

Required Application Documentation

As part of your Register of Interest you will be required to submit a resume/CV. Please upload your CV in both the CV and application upload fields.

Recruitment Process

This advertisement is being used as a Register of Interest only. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted when a vacancy arises.

Applicants who have demonstrated their suitability for employment through their resume, may be invited to an interview. Using the relevant AFP work level standards as a guide, you may be asked a range of questions to demonstrate your skills and abilities. These could include behavioural based scenario questions. Read our guides for applicants to find out how to prepare for you interview.  

Employment Suitablity


Should you successfully progress from the Register of Interest all applicants must:


  • Complete an Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ) and provide a traffic history check and proof of Australian citizenship.  This aids in the assessment of your character and your ability to comply with the AFP's professional standards both in an official and private capacity. Please review our AFP Character Standards to ensure that you meet our requirements before you submit your application. Applicants will not receive feedback if they are unsuccessful at this gateway.
  • Have your fingerprints taken if an offer of employment is made.
  • Undertake mandatory drug testing for illicit drugs. This sample could include; urine, saliva or hair.
  • Proof of a minimum of two COVID-19 vaccinations (or one dose if the Janssen vaccine was used) will be required if an offer of employment is made. 
  • Satisfactorily undertake a security clearance to the level specified for the position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity and inclusion is an operational priority for the Australian Federal Police (AFP). To be an effective police force, we must be reflective of the community we serve, working across languages, cultures and transnational borders. The 2023-26 Diversity & Inclusion Strategy is the guiding framework for delivering the AFP’s diversity and inclusion goals and reflecting our commitment to being an employer of choice, incorporating diversity and inclusion principles in day-to-day practice and building a psychologically and culturally safe workplace. This includes hiring people from diverse backgrounds who bring their lived experience to contribute, and add value, to the AFP. Find out more about how the AFP embraces diversity and inclusion.